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State awards over $2 million to three rural Iowa hospitals

By: - August 3, 2023 2:35 pm

Mahaska Health is one of three recipients of the Centers of Excellence grant program. (Photo courtesy of Mahaska Health)

More than $2.2 million in support funding is headed to three Iowa hospitals over the next three years, the governor’s office announced Thursday. 

Cass Health, Mahaska Health and Van Buren County Hospital will receive up to $250,000 annually for three years from the Centers of Excellence program. The hospitals have announced plans to use the funds for specialty health services, including maternal and geriatric care.

The Centers of Excellence grant program awards funds to help regional and local health systems to build and enhance systems, with a goal of providing access to specialized care in rural areas at the same rate as Iowans in metro areas. 

Mahaska Health will use funds to build upon partnerships supporting maternal care, obstetrics and general surgery as well as developing partnerships for cardiology and oncology. 

Cass Health will use funds to improve rural maternal health services in the area it serves, southwest Iowa. Specifically, the health care group aims to sustain and grow OB-GYN outreach clinics to increase routine access to prenatal and postnatal care. 

Van Buren County Hospital will use the grant money for geriatric patients and to support the Southeast Iowa Complex Care Network, which is an “innovative system of collaboration and managed care” to guide patients to available resources.

Gov. Kim Reynolds toured Sioux Center Health Tuesday, where she applauded the use of grant money to expand the facility and its offerings and commented on rural health care needs and challenges. Reynolds also noted a recent ranking, which placed Iowa as the No. 2 state for health care.

Mahaska Health serves a 14-county region, including Jefferson, Appanoose, Davis, Iowa, Jasper, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Van Buren, Wapello and Washington counties.

Cass Health serves a five-county region, including Adams, Adair, Audubon, Cass, and Montgomery counties.

Van Buren County Hospital serves a four-county region, including Van Buren, Davis, Jefferson and Lee counties.

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Jay Waagmeester
Jay Waagmeester

Jay is a former Iowa Capital Dispatch intern. Jay is based in Ames and is currently a senior majoring in journalism and marketing at Iowa State University. He has interned at New Century Press and contributed to the Iowa State Daily.